"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." Genesis 2:24
ahhh being married....♥♥♥
gosh where do I even start...I love being married other than for the obvious lovey dovey, mushy gushy reasons that we all dream about like...
waking up next to each other every morning, unlimited amounts of kisses, doing life together, and my favorite forever late night sleepovers filled with giggles and long talks.
I love being married for the most amazing reason...knowing that God is pleased with me, that together we are living a life for Him.
When I think of marriage, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 immediately comes to my heart and mind for each and every single day these verses are put to test in my life. "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." Being married is everything I dreamed of and more, marriage has shown me how flawed I am and how much I oh so desperately need Jesus. It has shown me how quickly I am to become angry when things don't go my way. Most importantly, marriage has shown me how undeserving I am of Christ's Love. Marriage has humbled me and brings me to my knees each and every day begging for grace, mercy, and love.
When Mike proposed I did not think my heart could ever feel any happier than when it did that day. But I can sincerely say that each day by his side is even better than when He proposed. When I think of Mike being my husband, I am just so incredibly humbled by God's grace. I just can't even believe that this is who God made for me, he is no where near being perfect, but ladies, he loves Jesus. He yearns to please Jesus with everything, he longs to satisfy our creator, he loves God more than me. And because of it he is able to lead me to Jesus every single day, seeking to please and honor God together with all that we say and do.
As wives, we have to remember that LOVE is not perfect. Yes, Mike does hurt my feelings, yes Mike does get on my nerves, yes Mike and I argue, bicker and sometimes yell at one another. But we have to remember that, "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." I am called to forgive just as Christ has forgiven me. And forgiveness in marriage occurs every minute of the day.
When I think of being a wife, I constantly remind myself of 1 Peter 3:5, "For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master." This verse does not sit well with my flesh, for I have a mind of my own and often think of myself/ my ways being right. But God instructs us as women to be submissive, to listen and obey our husbands. We must deny our flesh each and every single day by desiring to please our husbands which in doing so brings glory to God and honor to husbands.
As wives and as ladies in waiting, I encourage you to read Proverbs 31:10-31 each and every single day. Our aim as wives should be to bring our husband's honor and these verses tell us exactly how we can. Practice being selfless, practice putting others before yourself, and never stop spending time reading and studying God's word. Proverbs 31:15, 18 reads, "She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household..her lamp does not go out at night." There will be nights where you are the last one to go to sleep because you are still cleaning, ironing your husband's work shirts for the next day, and preparing for tomorrow. You may have to wake up hours before your husband to seek the Lord and to have breakfast ready for him, but all of this is done in love because we were created to be their helpers. (Genesis 1:18) We were created to make life easier for them so that they can do more for Jesus.
Aim to be the wife, God created for your husband. Pray for them daily, respect them, and love them unconditionally.
"What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate." Matthew 19:7